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AKD, Harsha de Silva fly over Sri Lanka’s Graphene Dreams

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In a recent development regarding National People's Power (NPP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake's statement about producing graphite for exportation, Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Harsha de Silva has provided a clarifying perspective amid the light-hearted discussions on social media.

Harsha de Silva suggested that Anura Kumara Dissanayake might have been referring to graphene, a material extracted from graphite. Graphene, composed of pure carbon, is renowned for its remarkable properties, including toughness, flexibility, lightness, and high resistance. It's worth noting that carbon, a fundamental element, is commonly found in everyday objects, such as pencil leads.

Dr. De Silva shared his perspective on the potential of exporting graphene in a Facebook post, emphasizing the immense possibilities for enhancing Sri Lanka's export earnings. He further highlighted the significant disparity in market prices between graphite and graphene. While graphite sells for a relatively modest $2.50 per kilogram globally, graphene commands a much higher market price, reaching up to $10,000.

Dr. De Silva firmly believes that expanding graphene production could be a viable solution for Sri Lanka's financial challenges. He even likened Sri Lanka's graphene resources to a "goldmine," suggesting that tapping into the graphene mark could be a substantial source of income for the nation. (Yohan Perera)


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  • Chryshan Wednesday, 01 November 2023 07:20 AM

    AKD is worse than Gota. If he become president by any chance it would be worse than ever. He is just clueless on things. He has no skills but only says will catch the rogues. He is more closer to Rajapakses than anyone else. Where the files he said putting out.

    Puswadilla Wednesday, 01 November 2023 10:38 AM

    Certainly yes. To bring down a ship

    Anjalinajolly Wednesday, 01 November 2023 07:26 AM

    Everything for debating only.

    Ah Wednesday, 01 November 2023 07:39 AM

    Dont know head or tail. Complaining for sake of doing it. Erudite political leaders

    Jayampathi Wednesday, 01 November 2023 07:42 AM

    Can anyone verify how many kilos of graphite need to make 1 kilo of graphene?

    Cheena Patas Wednesday, 01 November 2023 08:11 AM

    Reminds us of the famous volkswagen affair. Now the investor is having a duty free run

    Coal Wednesday, 01 November 2023 08:23 AM

    What about it's production costs??

    Nissanka Seneviratne Wednesday, 01 November 2023 08:35 AM

    Yes, Harsha is right and to add to that, we should produce solar cells using graphene which is a recent development against silica.

    Tissa Fernando Wednesday, 01 November 2023 08:53 AM

    Some companies have already ventured into graphinne production.

    Dr. Amila Kankanamge Wednesday, 01 November 2023 09:01 AM

    Harsha was a minister for 5 years what did he do, all talk.

    Sam Silva Wednesday, 01 November 2023 06:03 PM

    Exactly. He is a big talker only.

    Kandiah Balendran Wednesday, 01 November 2023 09:01 AM

    Volkswagen Harsha.

    Naman Wednesday, 01 November 2023 09:11 AM

    Selling the Graphene obtained from Graphite and obtaining valuable foreign exchange is one thing but on how you spend that money will ONLY decide our country’s economic growth.

    B S P Wednesday, 01 November 2023 09:28 AM

    These two people, being in the parliament for about two decades, now only talk about Graphite and Graphene

    Karalasingam Sivalingam Wednesday, 01 November 2023 09:43 AM

    Graphene exports should commence immediately, companies should given licenses to excavate this viable export mineral raw material which has a demand overseas.

    sanga Wednesday, 01 November 2023 10:05 AM

    Harsha the liar

    B Jay Wednesday, 01 November 2023 10:08 AM

    There are some expertise businessmen who have already started the work but top-level corrupt people don't help if they don't get bribery. I know someone personally in Malsiripura

    Puswadilla Wednesday, 01 November 2023 10:30 AM

    At least there is a person who is watching if things are swept under the carpet while foolish people even of high literacy rate fall asleep and are too late to see the damage done or have plundered the countries resources making commis.

    Eureka,Eureka,Eureka Wednesday, 01 November 2023 11:22 AM

    Yes Harsha, you can use them in your Volkswagen EV batteries manufactured Kurunegala

    Lion Wednesday, 01 November 2023 12:25 PM

    It is not the difference of wording it is the intention that has the value, AKD will definitely hand over that subject to the experts as he always states.

    Lion Wednesday, 01 November 2023 12:29 PM

    Chryshan ,Without writing bullshit you study the track record of 20 year history of AKD in the parliament and also study the period of his work as a minister . He is not a rouge like those who ruled this country

    Nuwan Wednesday, 01 November 2023 12:57 PM

    Allow the private sector to start. Already LOLC and SLINTEC partnership is happening.

    Bandu Wednesday, 01 November 2023 01:11 PM

    No one can find a 100% genuine politician since the demise of LKY and Mandela. Find the better you can should be the policy. Between AKD and Harsha I would prefer Harsha because he has more content in output and education and certainly not a rogue. He may have made some mistakes but who doesn't. Has no one commenting here made mistakes. Check your heart.

    Nimal R Wednesday, 01 November 2023 01:26 PM

    If what they both say is correct, why doesn't the private sector in Sri Lanka do it now as there is no barrier for it. I think it's BS.

    Bernard Jayatilake Wednesday, 01 November 2023 02:33 PM

    The raw material is called graphite and after it is extracted from the ore and reformed, it is called graphine and export quality and one has to distinguish at least the difference of the two before it is debated at a future election.

    SLEx Wednesday, 01 November 2023 03:04 PM

    Producing graphene is not efficient. It takes too much resources to produce just a very little. The price also depends on how well the graphene is extracted which requires a huge capital to get the required technology. Maybe do a bit of research before giving solutions that are not viable for us.

    Fahim Knight Wednesday, 01 November 2023 07:26 PM

    Atten: Dr.Harsha De'Silva ===============================÷ Could you kindly offer your responses to the following: 1) Why should we, the citizens, cast our votes in favor of your party? 2) Could you outline your strategy for generating the necessary funds to service our foreign debts? What annual loan installment can we anticipate over the next five years? 3) What plans do you have to foster economic growth? 4) In light of State-owned enterprises' losses, do you have alternative solutions in mind? 5) How do you intend to resolve the political issues in the north-eastern region? 6) Can you elucidate your approach to addressing the nation's farming crisis? 7) What measures will you implement to address the concerns of tea plantation workers? 8) How do you plan to attend to the grievances of fishermen? 9) What is your vision for providing high-quality healthcare to every citizen? 10) Do you have any plans to assist our migrant workers upon their return? cont...

    Fahim Knight Wednesday, 01 November 2023 07:28 PM

    cont.Atten:Dr.Harsha De'Silva 11) Could you share your strategy for meeting pension commitments? 12) What are your intentions regarding the education system? 13) How do you plan to ensure housing for citizens who do not own homes? 14) What steps will you take to bolster our exports? 15) Are there any plans in place to improve the living conditions, incentives, nutrition, healthcare, security, and working conditions, including overtime pay, for the women working in the garment industry? 16) Many citizens are struggling to meet their mortgage and vehicle lease payments, and some may have lost their homes and vehicles. How do you propose to address this issue? 17) Will your leader and party members consider implementing a federal system with self-administration, even in remote villages, through e-governance? If not, what alternatives do you propose?

    Fahim Knight Wednesday, 01 November 2023 07:31 PM

    Atten; Dr.Harsha De'Silva 18) How will you make electricity affordable, readily available, and uninterrupted? What are your plans for ensuring a constant water supply throughout the country? 19) Can you explain your vision for providing uninterrupted and well-maintained public transport, including fully air-conditioned buses and trains? 20) Lastly, a critical question: Does your leader, party members, and yourself support replacing the current representative constitution with a semi-direct democracy constitution? If you intend to retain the current representative constitution, how will citizens voice their objections, call for amendments, and have the right to recall non-performing members or those facing disciplinary charges?

    Dan Thursday, 02 November 2023 06:18 AM

    Can someone please let us know the cost of manufacturing Graphene from Graphite. To the best of my knowledge it's a highly expensive process that may not be economically viable.

    Kata Witharai Thursday, 02 November 2023 08:53 AM

    "Mr I know it all", AKD please go fly a kite.

    Man Thursday, 02 November 2023 09:38 AM

    @Dr. Amila Kankanamge; He was just a state minister with no power like Sagala, Wajira, Ruwan, Ravi, etc. It exposed your ignorance.

    Ray Fernando Thursday, 02 November 2023 01:23 PM

    Yes, AKD is clueless on technology, and distorts facts without in depth knowledge to mislead rural masses for his political gain. What are his credentials and expertise in technology, industry, economy or even revitalising irrigation tanks etc, it is only big talk just like not knowing the difference of graphite and graphene. Another example, remember his incorrect utterances Jan this year that Sapugaskanda refinery capacity


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